Importance of Keeping Water Off Your Swimming Pool Cover
The Benefits of a Pool Cover
Many homeowners opt to cover their pool with a pool cover, especially during the winter months. Simply put, a pool cover protects your pool when it’s not in use. It prevents debris from entering the pool, which cuts down on maintenance. You’ll spend less time skimming your pool to remove unwanted contaminants and more time enjoying it. It also slows water evaporation and chemical loss. So you won’t need to replace the water and chemicals as often. And it can reduce heating costs because it traps heat under the cover. But most importantly, a properly installed pool cover provides safety from drowning.
But with a pool cover, water can build up on top of the cover. This excess water can cause the water in the pool to be displaced, and it presents a drowning hazard. The continuous weight of water on the cover will also shorten the cover’s lifespan. Removing this excess water is essential to maintaining your cover and keeping your family safe. A pool cover pump will accomplish this task of getting rid of unwanted water.
Removing Water From Your Pool Cover
The cover pump works by pumping water off the pool cover. The pump is attached to a hose and placed directly on the cover. Most cover pumps are electric and will need to be plugged in to be operated. When using a cover pump, the hose should be positioned away from the pool and house to divert water away from your home. It’s a relatively inexpensive and lightweight piece of equipment that is worth the investment.
Automatic vs. Manual
There are two basic types of pool cover pumps: manual and automatic. Manual pumps must be turned on and off when water accumulates on the cover in order to remove the water. Some manual pumps are not electric and must be operated by hand. However, as its name suggests, an automatic cover pump turns on automatically when it detects water on the cover and will shut off when the water has been removed, making the automatic pump the easiest to use.
During the cold winter months is when homeowners utilize their pool covers the most. Shutting down the pool and keeping it covered cuts down on maintenance and makes for a cleaner pool when opening it back up for warmer weather. While covered throughout winter, water is sure to build up on the pool cover. This is when a cover pump is essential to keeping water off the cover. Automatic pumps can be left on the cover. But Aqua Pools recommends removing the pump, including the hose, and bringing it inside during freezing weather. After the freeze has passed, be sure to remove the water while in liquid form. As the snow melts, it will start to freeze again, so get that water off the pool cover while you can.
Pool Cover Pump Maintenance
Your pool cover pump requires little to no maintenance. Most pumps have a screen to prevent leaves and other debris from being sucked into the pump. Simply check the screen of your pump from time to time and remove any debris that may be stuck in the screen. If you are keeping your pool cover free of debris, this will not be an issue for you. But do remember to bring your cover pump and hose indoors during freezing weather.
Utilizing a pool cover when your pool is not in use will help to protect your pool and cut down on maintenance. But keeping accumulated water off your cover is a necessary step that shouldn’t be neglected. The addition of a pool cover pump will take care of this essential step of caring for your pool.